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Museum of American Finance

Financial District
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Address: 48 Wall Street, New York City, NY 10005-2903 (Formerly Museum of American Financial History)
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+1 212-908-4110
10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Museum of American Finance is the nation's only independent museum...

The Museum of American Finance is the nation's only independent museum dedicated to America's finances and financial history. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum offers interactive permanent exhibits on the financial markets, money, banking, entrepreneurship and Alexander Hamilton, as well as topical rotating exhibits such as “Worth Its Weight: Gold from the Ground Up” and “For the Love of Money: Blacks on US Currency.” The Museum is located in the historic former headquarters of the Bank of New York in the heart of the Financial District.

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Interesting Museum

My friends and I visited this museum which is located on Wall Street. We came here specifically to see the Alexander Hamilton exhibit. It did not disappoint. The information... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Robin M
Brookville, Pennsylvania
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Brookville, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friends and I visited this museum which is located on Wall Street. We came here specifically to see the Alexander Hamilton exhibit. It did not disappoint. The information explained everything that the founding father did for our country. There was also an interesting exhibit on many coins and paper money that has been circulated over the years. The museum... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

The museum admission is reasonable, but since the currency exhibit was closed when we went there, admission was free. At first I was disappointed, but there was plenty to see. The story of the development of the National Banks and the Fed was very well presented. There were many interesting old machines. There was a ticker tape from the Great... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

There are a wide variety of exhibits--historic coins, a debt clock, fun facts about banks and stocks--and an amazing room of Alexader Hamilton artifacts and stories about him. Take the guided tour-the docents are enthusiastic and make history come alive.

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Neenah, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 24 December 2016

The museum recently became affiliated with the Smithsonian, which should do much to improve the exhibitions, but with that said, MAF is worth a stop if you're in the Financial District. The exhibitions are clear, interesting and informative and unbiased in their presentations. Definitely not for kids or hedge fund managers, but very illuminating for everyone in between.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

I separated from the family for the morning as it's a museum I've always wanted to visit after 3 trips to NYC. I wasn't disappointed and spent nearly 2 hours there. An excellent and well laid out display telling the story of people like Alexander Hamilton and his part in creating the financial system America benefits from today. See the... More 

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Reviewed 23 November 2016

What do you know about the Gold Standard, our currency, the Bond Market, The Stock Market, The Commodity Market? If the answer is very little, take a subway to Wall Street and visit the Museum of American Finance. All those topics and more are covered in exhibits at the museum. For most visitors there is more information here than they... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

I have walked past this before and thought it might be a bit dull - but it was far from that. There is an admission charge but as some exhibits were not available on the day, I got in for free - bargain - but left a donation which goes to financial education initiatives. Part of the Smithsonian Institute, this... More 

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Dallas, TX
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Reviewed 20 November 2016

Small but fascinating museum with interesting and informative displays explaining the history of our financial system, in layman's terms. And even if you're well versed in the subject, you'll probably pick up a few new tidbits here. The space is also worth seeing - it was formerly the headquarters of the Bank of New York, and is quite opulent.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 19 November 2016

This museum has exhibits explaining the bond, stock and commodities markets. Their location on Wall Street seems fitting given the subject matter. They also had a couple temporary exhibits. On was on gold and the other was about paper currency. I enjoyed the exhibits although I thought they could have been a bit more extensive.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 10 November 2016

Break from the streets and integrate how it happened, A real perspective on money, liberty and the American Dream

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At the southernmost tip of Manhattan, the Financial District is where New York City began as a center of commerce. Today, the historic streets and beautiful setting are complemented by museums, countless skyscrapers, and the heart of the Financial District, home to Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange. Catch the Staten Island Ferry for an unbeatable view of the skyline and Statue of Liberty, or sail to Ellis Island to learn about the vital immigrant history of the city.
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